Yashwi Garg, an Indian teenager stuck in Ukraine, claimed on Thursday that “there is no food and water” and that the supply would only last 2-3 days.

“There isn’t any food or water. “We only have the supply for 2-3 days,” Yashwi explained. She went on to say that “there is no help coming from anybody” and that “we (Indian students) are on our own.”

Several Indian students who had travelled to the airport hoping to catch a flight back to India were forced to return after Ukraine closed its airspace in the aftermath of the Russian strike.

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The surprising assertion came as the Indian government increased its efforts to assist its residents who were stuck in Ukraine owing to the ongoing conflict with Russia. The Indian Embassy in Kyiv launched an emergency helpline for Indian people trapped in Ukraine on Thursday, just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised military action in the country.

“The current situation in #Ukraine is quite unpredictable; put established a 24-hour emergency helpline, which can be contacted by dialling +380 997300428, +380 997300483,” stated the Indian Embassy in Ukraine.

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The Indian embassy has issued a new warning to Indian people, advising them to “be calm and secure” wherever they are. “Please be calm and safe wherever you are, whether in your houses, hostels, lodgings or transit,” the Indian embassy urged in advice to Indians in Ukraine following Russia’s military incursion against the eastern European country.

“Please be calm and safe wherever you are, whether at your homes, hostels, lodgings or in transit,” the Indian embassy advised Indians in Ukraine.

“All travellers to Kyiv are urged to return to their respective cities for the time being.” “Further alerts will be issued shortly,” it added.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has stated that it is keeping a careful eye on the situation in Ukraine. “We are keeping a close eye on the fast-shifting scenario.” The emphasis is on Indians’ safety and security, particularly students. “A control room is being extended and kept operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” government sources told ANI.

India urged for an immediate de-escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine, warning that the situation is on the verge of escalating into a major catastrophe, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the commencement of a “military operation” in eastern Ukraine.